City Council Minutes
City Council Meeting Minutes

Thursday, June 28,2018



          ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

JUNE 28, 2018, 4:00 PM

ADMINISTRATIVE CONFERENCE ROOM



PRESENT:

Mayor Jon Pike

Councilmember Jimmie Hughes

Councilmember Michele Randall

Councilmember Joe Bowcutt

Councilmember Bette Arial

Councilmember Ed Baca

City Attorney Shawn Guzman

City Manager Adam Lenhard

City Recorder Christina Fernandez

 

OPENING:

Mayor Pike called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. The invocation was offered by Cheri Atkin representing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilmember Hughes.

 

CONSIDER APPROVAL OF AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING THE USE OF FIREWORKS IN RESTRICTED AREAS.

Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Taylor explained under state law, the City Council is authorized to prohibit the use of fireworks in areas the Fire Chief determines there are hazardous environmental conditions which necessitate the restriction of the use of fireworks to prevent fires.

 

Mayor Pike showed the map which can be found on the City’s website at sgcity.org.  He explained that the City cannot go beyond what the State allows them to do; this is all that can be done.

 

Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston explained the ordinance is drafted so the Chief can declare additional areas to be restricted, not just for fireworks, but for other ignition sources.

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Arial to approve the ordinance prohibiting the use of fireworks in restricted areas.

SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Baca.

VOTE:                         Mayor Pike called for a roll call vote, as follows:

 

Councilmember Hughes – aye

Councilmember Randall – aye

Councilmember Bowcutt – aye

Councilmember Arial – aye

Councilmember Baca – aye

         

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

 

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PRESENTATION FROM RON THOMPSON WITH THE WASHINGTON COUNTY WATER CONSERVANCY DISTRICT:

Ron Thompson, Director of the Washington County Water Conservancy District presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics:  About the Water Conservancy District; District & Municipal roles; District infrastructure; Regional Water Supply Agreement (RWSA); RWSA Committees; Current potable water supply; Water conditions; Populations up – water use down; Washington County uses less water than most of Utah; How does Washington County use its potable water?; How does Washington County use its secondary water?; Southern Utah’s Comprehensive Water Plan; Water conservation; Sand Hollow Regional Pipeline; Well development; Ash Creek Pipeline & Toquer Reservoir; Water Treatment Plant; The Lake Powell Pipeline (LPP); Why the LPP?; Anticipated timeline; Current projects & estimated costs; and District revenue sources.

 

REPORT ON THE MCKINSTRY ENERGY PROJECT:

Erick Allen and D.J. Hubler with McKinstry presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics:  The process: savings explained; History; Post install – performance; Post installation performance; and Great story.

 

Support Services Director Marc Mortensen explained the City entered into a contract for two (2) years of measurement verification, with about fifteen (15) months remaining.  

 

PRESENTATION FROM THE COMMUNITY EDUCATION CHANNEL (CEC):

Marcus Farnsworth with the CEC presented a PowerPoint presenation covering the following topics: Production update; CEC contributions 2018; 2017 – 18 production totals; Student involvement; YouTube; and May 2017 – May 2018 analytics, after which he showed a short video highlighting some of the videos they have done.

 

PRESENTATION OF SOLAR SOLICITATION PROCESS AND PROPOSED SELECTION:

James Van Fleet presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Resource mix; Solar solicitation process; Proposed solar terms; Proposed solar sites; and Proposed project locations.

 

Water Services Director Scott Taylor provided an update regarding pressure in the certain areas of the City.  He proposes to create a watering schedule for residents which may help with pressure.

 

Councilmember Baca left the meeting.

 

PRESENTATION OF PROPOSED TOWN SQUARE IMPROVEMENTS:

Park Planner Millie Cockerill presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Town Square map; High use areas; Carousel – high use area; Event areas; Additional parking; Food vending event area; Food vendor event space; Additional restroom; Interactive water feature; and Drainage solution.

 

 

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The consensus of the Council is to move forward with design and return with a cost estimate.

 

Support Services Marc Mortensen provided an update regarding a proposed repairs and possible uses for the Andrus Home in the downtown area.   

 

The consensus of the Council is to do a request for proposals.

 

DISCUSSION REGARDING TREES IN THE DESERT HILLS SUBDIVISION:

Public Works Director Cameron Cutler showed pictures of trees in the Desert Hills subdivision which are causing hazardous sidewalk conditions because planter strips are too small.  He suggested removing the trees, giving the homeowner a voucher for a tree to plant one in a different area on their property.  There about 160 trees creating these hazards.

 

The consensus of the Council is to take the proposal to the Shade Tree Board and speak to the Legal Department.

 

DISCUSSION REGARDING A PROPOSED DOMINION ENERGY REGIONAL GAS LINE ALONG RED HILLS PARKWAY AND SURROUNDING AREAS:

Public Works Director Cameron Cutler showed a map outlining the route for a proposed Dominion Energy regional gas line.  After discussion, the Council suggested to propose an alternate route. 

 

REPORTS FROM MAYOR, COUNCILMEMBERS, AND CITY MANAGER:

The Council discussed a recent Planning Commission meeting as well as the one taking place on July 10th.

 

ADJOURN:

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Bowcutt to adjourn.

SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Randall.

VOTE:                         Mayor Pike called for a vote, as follows:

 

Councilmember Hughes – aye

Councilmember Randall – aye

Councilmember Bowcutt – aye

Councilmember Arial – aye

         

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

 

 

                  

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Christina Fernandez, City Recorder